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The comprehensive science and arts for teaching (CSAT) major is designed for students seeking certification to teach in specialized areas at the elementary and/or middle school levels. It provides a solid foundation in subject matter knowledge and pedagogical approaches across all content areas taught at these levels: fine arts, health and physical education, integrated science, language arts, mathematics, and social studies. Students complete several field experiences in classrooms, as well as learn to plan instruction and assessments, and to understand and work with diverse populations, including extraordinary-needs learners. Grand Valley graduates have a unique combination of skills and experiences that are highly valued.
Special Education Program
Students seeking special education teaching certification complete the comprehensive science and arts for teaching (CSAT) major as well as a second major in special education through the College of Education, with two special education endorsements. These additional courses include the professional program, special education core, and endorsement requirements.
Successful completion of both the CSAT major and the special education major certifies the student to teach the special education endorsement areas in kindergarten through 12th grade. It also permits teaching any subject in kindergarten through fifth grade or any subject in kindergarten through eighth grade in self-contained classrooms.
Spanish Elementary Education
Students seeking an endorsement in Spanish elementary education complete the comprehensive science and arts for teaching major and the Spanish elementary education minor, as well as a second major in elementary education through the College of Education.
Successful completion of the CSAT major, the Spanish elementary education minor and the elementary education major, as well as other state certification requirements, certifies the student to teach Spanish and other content areas in a self-contained classroom in levels kindergarten through sixth grade (as either a specialist or in a Spanish immersion classroom), or Spanish in grades sixth through eighth.
The following programs are available:
Bachelor of Arts or Bachelor of Science in Comprehensive Science and Arts for Teaching